Appellate partner, Dori Kornfeld Goldman, will be honored by Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) with its prestigious 2020 Joseph D. Jamail Award for Justice in recognition of her lasting work in connection with Texas foster care reform. The award will be presented to Dori at AVDA's Home Safe Home Gala that is scheduled to be held later this fall.
Dori has been involved in representing a class action of 12,000 children in Texas foster care for nearly 15 years. The case was won in federal court in 2015 and affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018. Some court-ordered reforms continue to addressed by the federal judge presiding over the case.
Established in 2014, the AVDA annually presents the Joseph D. Jamail Award for Justice at its Home Safe Home Gala to those who serve others and who consider it their highest honor to advocate for those who have been mistreated.
For 40 years, AVDA has provided free legal representation to victims of domestic abuse in Harris county. The agency takes a holistic approach to ending violence and as such offers programs designed to further the prevention and awareness of domestic abuse. Its three core competencies are free, civil legal services; a state-accredited Battering Intervention and Prevention Program aimed at creating a change in abusive behavior; and our Community Awareness and Prevention efforts which provide free programming to educate youth and adults about domestic violence and the warning signs of abuse.